A country of startling contrasts, Namibia in Southern Africa, boasts arid deserts, stunning seascapes and endless horizons. The many national parks and game reserves are home to a kaleidoscope of diverse wildlife and environments. Namibia is an amazing destination offering some of the most breath-taking landscapes on the planet.
Generally it is not a destination for the first time safari-goer since, because of its arid nature, game is not as prevalent as other safari destinations. Our favourite parts of Namibia are the Namib Rand/Sossusvlei areas, the Skeleton Coast and the Cafema Mountains. There are of course other areas such as Damaraland, Swokopmund and Etosha that we have incorporated into safaris. Again it all comes down to allowable time, season and expectations.
Namibia is often combined with other countries in the region. We have often combined it with Botswana to deliver a classic “desert and delta” safari. We have also combined it with Victoria falls and Cape Town.
Sossusvlei, meaning ‘the gathering place of water’ in the local Nama language – in good years seasonal rains in the foothills of the Naukluft and Tsaris Mountains succeed in reaching the vleis, creating temporary lakes that mirror the sand dunes surrounding them. Sossusvlei’s huge red dunes and flat valley floors make up the archetypical view of the Namib that is world famous.
The Skeleton Coast is one of the most remote and unique safari destinations. The original inhabitants, the Bushmen, referred to it as “The Land God made in Anger”. The park covers 16,000 sq km and occupies much of Namibia’s northern coastline. The Skeleton Coast is normally associated with the shipwrecks that litter the shoreline, however the area derives its name from the bones of whaling and sealing expeditions that line the beaches.